#1330 Sex, Drugs & Politics

Women with power, that’s the way we like it!

From local government to the world of competitive pole dancing, this episode takes you into the lives of two women and their careers in politics.  They work hard and fight hard to get things done.


Pole Position

Pole dancing champion Zahra Stardust, speaks with Liam Knierim about her move from a career in Law to Pole Dancing and her candidacy for the Sex Party.

Producer:  Liam Knierim

Sound Design:  Belinda Lopez

Music Credits:  I Touch Myself by The Divinyls & Closer by Nine Inch Nails


Tales of Sin & Virtue

Kathryn Bendall shares her story about being a member of local government and the trials and tribulations of a young family, a sick husband and a vengeful building inspector.  Did she have to bend the rules to get things done?  Maybe…just a little.  Kathryn joined All the Best and The Art of Storytelling at their live storytelling event, ‘Tales of Sin & Virtue’.

Technical Producer:  Antonia Gauci

Thanks to Tate Ryan and The Art of Storytelling for Co-Producing Tales of Sin & Virtue


Picture Credits:  J. Howard Miller


Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producer’s:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Features Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester

#1323 Mad Science

 Giving not Taking

With only 5 litres of blood in our body, you’d think it would be in our best interest to keep all of that inside….you’d think.

Producer Michael Kermode travels to Woy Woy, just north of Sydney to learn more about a very natural therapy making a comeback.  Since it’s days of glory in the 18th &  19th centuries, this treatment has been used to cure various physical ailments as well as being used, in more recent times, as a beauty treatment.  If they don’t make you squeal or shriek, they might make look and feel great.  Mike Kermode speaks with Stefan Hafner to learn more about these little, medicinal creatures.

Producer:  Mike Kermode

Supervising Producer:  Belinda Lopez

Music Credits:   Attack of the Giant Leeches – filmclip (1959), Goosebumps by Ray Davies, Tea For Two Cha-Cha by Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Stuck On You by Lionel Richie, Pencereden Kar Geliyor by Erkan Ogŭr, Faust Symphony by Liszt, I Got Rhythm by Django Reinhardt, Let’s Work by Prince, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Leo Sayer, Mr Lucky by Jimmy McGriff, Stuck On You by Elvis Presley


The Mystery of the Long-finned Eel

After hearing a story about the migration of the Long-finned Eel and mistaking it for an urban myth, Merran Winchester decided she needed to find out more so she could distinguish fact from fiction.  She staked out a park at night and talked to various scientists to find out how these eels could make such an incredible journey from an inner-city park to the waters of New Caledonia.  This research led her on to ask questions about humans, machines, instinct and reason.  It is a story based on research and told by actors.

Producer:  Merran Winchester

Supervising Producer:  Kate Montague & Giordana Caputo

Actors:  Anna Martin & Brendon Taylor

Music Credits: Absent Presence by Jason Bradley Livesay, Clock without Hands by Peter Calandra & Scott P Sehreer, Flagship Commander by Patrick Smith, Handel & the Glory of the Lord (arranged) by Dave Greendale, Powder Smell by Tillman Sillescu, Werewolf by Tillman Sillescu


Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally

Features Executive Producer: Merran Winchester

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez



#1316 America (feat. The Lifted Brow)

All the Best ventures beyond our big brown land to the home of the free and the land of the brave. Beneath the joyful strains of the Star-Spangled Banner, the idea of America is pitted against its realities. We’re looking at the United States through a decidedly Aussie lens, and neither Lana Del Rey, nor the US political system, nor Oprah will be spared.

Dragging Out History
Writer Briohny Doyle casts her pop-scholarly eye on Lana Del Rey’s National Anthem music video. It’s a reinvention of the 1964 JFK assassination, complete with President A$AP Rocky and Marilyn Monroe. What happens to history, Doyle asks, when ‘vintage is the vantage point, and authenticity is a shade on the palette?’

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan.
Music & sound credits: ‘National Anthem’ by Lana Del Rey; Film projector by Rock Savage.

‘Dragging out History’ featured in the latest edition of The Lifted Brow (titled: ‘Music’). You can order a copy here.

My American Dream
Madelyne Cummings is half-American, and her ideas about the United States were pieced together by nostalgic childhood memories of summers spent there. At the age of 21, she decided to pursue her American Dream: to live in the country as an adult.

Produced by Madelyne Cummings.
Technical supervision and sound design by Belinda Lopez.

Music credits: ‘Star Spangled Banner‘ by LaiYouttitham; ‘Someday soon’ by Tanya Tucker; ‘Nostalgia’ by Akira Kosemura & Haruka Nakamura, ‘Two Moons’ by Toe.

This Place is Yours
Seraphina Reynolds grew up in Los Angeles, worshipping Oprah for creating a culture of openness and a space to talk about personal issues. While American culture celebrated confessional storytelling, her own family was silent about the serious problems that plagued it. When depression hit Seraphina as an adult, she decided it was finally time to open up, and help others do the same.

The result was This Place is Yours. A new media project with heart, it is launching at Vivid Festival on May 26th, 2013. Buy a ticket here.

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally.
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez.
Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo.

Picture credit:Lana Del Rey by Paulo Ribeiro


#1231 Sixth Sense

All the Best goes on a journey of dreams, spirits and intuition, through stories that can’t be explained away in everyday terms. The lessons of nature are learned the hard way along the Murray River; ancestral spirits guide one woman from her broken childhood to become a leader of Sydney’s Aboriginal community; and one young woman discovers the possibilities and perils of lucid dreams— with the help of a smartphone app.

Swim Deep Only in Water You Know
The Murray River flowing near Mungabareena, on the border of NSW and Victoria, is fast and dangerous. The visiting crowds tend to opt for the safer, stiller spots downstream. But Tim Bishop loved that spot. His Dad taught him how to read the river, and why he should cherish and fear it. Other kids weren’t lucky enough to receive the same education.

Produced by Tim Bishop.

Spirit Guide
Aunty Marlene Cummins grew up in the outback, where she learned about the spirits that would get her if she didn’t come home before dark, or didn’t get her homework done. When she moved to the city, those same ancestral spirits helped her through difficult times.

Produced by Belinda Lopez and Liam Knierim.
Edited by Belinda Lopez.
Music credits: ‘Aboriginal Land’ by Nadeena Dixon; ‘Beacon’ by Stiff Gins.

We all dream: but some of us do it loudly and openly, revealing our subconscious worries, hopes and desires to the world.  Steph Halbisch talks in her sleep, and she decided to take a very modern-day approach to a sleeping habit that has baffled us for centuries. She downloaded a sleep-monitoring app for her smartphone, and bed down for the night.

Produced by Rachel Fisher and Elle Stokes.

Presenter: Belinda Lopez, filling in for Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo and Eliza Sarlos

Picture credit: Jon Nagi

Music credit: ‘Yandool’ by Stiff Gins.


#1228 Great Expectations

The false starts, stumbles and humble beginnings of successful people before they ‘made it’. All the Best tells the early stories of foodies, fashionistas and… Germaine Greer. Long before The Female Eunuch sparked a feminist revolution, Germaine Greer was a frightened schoolgirl, surviving World War 2 in a dysfunctional family.

A Hunger to Make It
Nahji Chu today calls herself the ‘Queen of the Rice Paper Roll’, and runs a burgeoning group of restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne. But back in 1978, she was called Nga Chu: the name featured on her refugee visa when she arrived in Australia, escaping the Pathet Laos Regime is Laos. From surviving refugee camps to defeating schoolyard bullies in Melbourne, Nahji shares her emotional, hilarious story.

Nahji Chu is featured in Urban Walkabout’s Revolutionary Minds photography exhibition, which opens Wednesday November 14th at Gaffa Gallery, in the Sydney CBD.

Produced by Kate Montague
Technical production by Antonia Gauchi.
Creative commons music credits: ‘Fall Moon’ by Buildings and Mountains; ‘The Buddha’ by Dan Warren; ‘The Turtle’ by Dan Warren

The Barbie and I
Gary Begeni is today a successful fashion designer. But when he was a kid, his passion for fashion was an undercover mission, involving theft, vandalism, and some very funny attempts to cover it all up.

Gary is also featured in Urban Walkabout’s Revolutionary Minds photography exhibition.

Produced by Kate Montague
Technical production by Antonia Gauchi.

Inventing Greer
Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves –Germaine Greer.
In 1940s Australia, a schoolgirl named Germaine Greer was terrified of fireworks, mistaking the loud bangs for the possibility that World War 2 had finally arrived on her suburban doorstep. As Greer tells All the Best, her formation as a professional trouble maker began with a problematic relationship with her parents, some early acts of defiance in the ‘awful’ 1950s, and surviving the intellectual warfare of Sydney’s Push counter-culture movement.

Interview and recording by Liam Knierm at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, organised by the St James Ethics’ Centre.
Edited by Belinda Lopez

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo, Eliza Sarlos, Jesse Cox.

Picture Credit: Urban Walkabout


#1227 Waiting

Good things come to those who wait… good things such as this week’s show! Sit with us and wait. We’ll wait for the tide to come in. For answers. For things to turn around. We’ll wait on highways and open plains, looking to hitch a ride home for Christmas. And, once the waiting is done, we’ll hear from a woman who waited a very long time to tell her boss exactly what she thought of him.

75 Ways of Waiting
Do you ever think about all the things you wait for throughout your day? All the small fragments of time that see you nervously, excitedly, or vacantly anticipating what will, won’t, or may… happen? We present a weighty list of things requiring patience in life.

Produced by Mike Kermode.
Creative commons music credits:  Tres Tristes Tangos by Planta Baja; Latché Swing by Sweet Georgia Brown

Waiting in Motion
40 years ago, hitchhiking was actually really popular in Australia, but for a few reasons  (Ivan Milat, anyone?) it’s all but faded into oblivion. So there’s a chance you’ve never tried it yourself. For those who haven’t: hitching often means extended periods of waiting, laced with a relentless uncertainty about who’s going to pick you up and when. But it also means exchanging the universal hitchhiking currency: stories.

Produced by Mike Kermode.

Dear Mr Lechter
Last month Julia Gillard made international headlines for standing up in parliament and telling Tony Abbott exactly what she thought of him for 15 minutes.  She accused him of sexism and misogyny  and you kind of got the feeling that she’d been waiting to say this to him for a very long time. But Melissa Jacob has waited far longer to tell her boss exactly what she thinks of him. She does so now, for your listening pleasure.

Written by Melissa Jacob.
Produced by Belinda Lopez.
Original composition and sound design by Tim Jenkins.

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo, Eliza Sarlos, Jesse Cox.

Picture credit: Lauren Carrol Harris

#1222 Tales from TiNA

Gather ’round for some great yarns. Straight from the creative bustle that is the This is Not Art Festival in Newcastle, All the Best brings you tales from some of Australia’s up-and-coming storytellers. A father’s obsession with snakes goes too far, a migrant kid goes in search of her Spanish heritage and a woman’s desperate pursuit to capture the heart of a courier driver ends… awkwardly.

Performed by Nicole Crowe of Brisbane Yarn.

My Yayo
Performed by All the Best’s Features Executive Producer Belinda Lopez. Winner of Sydney’s first Now Hear This storytelling slam.

The Courier
Performed by Andrea Gibbs, co-creator of Barefaced Stories in Perth.

Many thanks to Adam Zwi for recording these stories. Recorded at the National Young Writers’ Festival, a part of the This is Not Art Festival.

Photo: Jew’s ear fungus. Credit: John Fielding (http://s0.geograph.org.uk/photos/36/30/363099_907bc266.jpg)

#1221 Coast to Coast

Stories ahoy! All the Best brings you intriguing tales from the high seas. A South American geologist’s rough-and-tumble journey on a raft to Australia leads to a life-changing encounter with Gough Whitlam. And, the real Puberty Blues: a young girl tries to join the blokey surf culture of the 1970s- but an initiation rite in the water goes terribly wrong.

That Summer of ’75
Forget the TV series and the book: the real Puberty Blues started in the summer of 1975. Shé Hawkes was 14, and had begun doing something absolutely outrageous on the beach. Shé- a girl- had started to surf. It wasn’t something that the other surfers were going to let her get away with.

These days, Shé is a writer and academic: read her piece about women breaking into the surf culture of 1970s Australia, and a fictionalised version of her summer of ’75.

Interview, recording: Kate Montague
Edited by Belinda Lopez
Music credits: Room with a view (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 3.0; Instrumental – Restoration (Dan Warren) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0; Instrumental – The Buddha (Dan Warren) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Sea Hitchhiker
In 1970, Gabriel Salas had just finished his university studies in Chile and thought he’d try and hitchhike around South America. But what was meant to be your average graduate road trip turned into an adventure across the sea. It also led to a fateful meeting with Gough Whitlam, just as Chile turned from democracy to dictatorship.

See photos and read more about Gabriel’s Salas’ adventure in this blog post by Zacha Rosen.

Produced by Zacha Rosen
Music credits: Jupiter The Blue (gillicuddy) / CC BY-NC 3.0; Opening Doors (Jamie Evans) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0; El barzón (Los Amparito) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.5; Spring Rain (Aaron Ximm) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo, Eliza Sarlos, Jesse Cox

Picture Credit: Gabriel Salas’ La Balsa raft after being located and towed into Mooloolaba Boat Harbour, Mooloolaba on 5 November 1970. Courtesy of Heritage Library, Sunshine Coast Council
Music credit: Skitzin by Shining Bird. Free download here.

#1220 The Birds and the Bees

We’re sitting you down and telling you about the birds and the bees: and it’s guaranteed to be just as awkward and intriguing as you remember it. From an parent- to-child sex talk that happens 10 years too late, just for your listening pleasure; an escort who falls for his client; and the craze for ‘vagina spas’ in Jakarta: All the Best does its very best to explain that crazy little thing called (making) love.

Escort Love
‘Tyson’  was only 19 when he started working as an escort to support himself as a poor student in London. He was new enough to the trade to break the number one rule in the business: Don’t fall in love with the client.

Produced by Joal London

Can You Talk the Talk?
Do you remember having ‘the sex talk’ with your parents? Tess Lawley never actually did. She comes from a long line of Anglo-saxon women who are slightly prudish about sex. At 21, a determined Tess sat down with her mum Kaye to ask about the birds and the bees, just for your awkward listening pleasure.

Produced by Tess Lawley
Music credits: Instrumental version of Anyone Else But You by The Moldy Peaches.

Some Don’t Like It Wet
If you flick open any straight Aussie men’s magazine and scroll to the page offering sex tips, you’re sure to see a bit of detailed advice on how to get a woman wet. But in Jakarta, Indonesia- that advice gets turned on its head. Ade Mardiyati is a 34-year-old journalist living in the capital city- and she takes us on a very personal journey into a curious cultural trend.

Narrated and recorded by Ade Mardiyati
Produced by Belinda Lopez
Picture credit: Self portrait by Ade Mardiyati
Music credits:  ‘Les Deux Guitares’ by Kale Stiles: http://soundcloud.com/kalerstiles/les-deux-guitares; ‘Escale’ by Les Zekoutzy Pourvoir: http://soundcloud.com/zekoutzy/escale

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo, Eliza Sarlos, Jesse Cox